23 October 2007
A MINA'I POTTERY BOWL
CENTRAL IRAN, CIRCA 1200
Of rounded form on short vertical foot, the white interior painted in a variety of overglaze enamels with a series of crouching and kneeling figures across the centre surrounded, above and below, by two confronted harpies around a floral motif, and scattered with polychrome cintamani roundels, the rim with stylised, repeated kufic inscription, the exterior with a band of black inscription, repaired breaks, some flaking of the glaze
8 3/8in. (21.3cm.) diam.
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The inner inscription in kufic, is undeciphered. Around the exterior, in a cursive script, is most probably a repetition of al-'izz, (Glory).
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